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MEDIA ADVISORY: Today at the Johns Hopkins Gun Policy Summit

Webcast includes release of post-Newtown public opinion survey and announcement of summit recommendations for U.S. gun policy

January 15, 2013

To: Reporters, editors, producers; assignment desks
From: Dennis O’Shea or Tracey Reeves, university communications, 443-287-9960
[Mobile: O’Shea 410-499-7460; Reeves 443-986-4053]
Tim Parsons or Natalie Wood-Wright, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 410-955-6878
[Mobile: Parsons 443-527-8051; Wood-Wright 443-703-8851]        
Alicia Samuels, Center for Gun Policy and Research [Mobile: 914-720-4635]

The Johns Hopkins-sponsored Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America concludes today [Tuesday, Jan. 15] and is available by webcast for reporters wishing to cover it remotely.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Summit recommendations for changes in U.S. gun policy will be announced at 4 p.m. EST. [Details below.] Earlier sessions cover Australia’s experience with gun regulation and the constitutionality of proposed U.S. firearm policies. New public opinion data, from a just-completed survey, will be released. It shows broad support – regardless of party identification — for universal background checks, for improved oversight of gun dealers, and for bans on the sale of assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines.

The big melt: How one democracy changed after scrapping a third of its firearms
Philip Alpers
, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, 9:45 a.m.-10:05 a.m. EST

Assessing the constitutionality of suggested reforms to federal firearm policy
Adam Winkler
, UCLA Law School, 11:20 a.m.-11:40 a.m. EST

Public opinion on proposals to strengthen U.S. gun laws: Findings from a 2013 survey
Colleen L. Barry
, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 11:40 a.m.-12 noon EST

POST-SUMMIT NEWS CONFERENCE: Summit participants’ consensus recommendations for federal gun policy will be announced at a news conference at 4 p.m. EST. The news conference will be webcast here. Reporters covering the news conference by webcast may submit questions at this address: gunsum13@jhsph.edu.


BACKGROUND: The two-day Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis has brought together leading gun policy researchers from around the nation to share their latest findings. After today’s final presentations, they will meet to recommend specific federal gun policy action, informed by research, that would reduce violence, that have public support and that would not violate constitutional rights.

SOCIAL MEDIA: The Twitter hashtag for the summit is #jhugunpolicy. You are invited to join the discussion.

SUMMIT PROCEEDINGS TO BE PUBLISHED: The papers presented at the summit and the final recommendations will be published in about two weeks in a book, Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis, edited by summit co-chairs Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The book will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. You may order copies now at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.



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